Meet the Research Mentors

Meet the Research Mentors

Joy Gaines
EDI Event
  • Event Date: 
    Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Event Location: 
    Wilson Hall, Building 1
  • Event Speaker(s): 
    • Deborah Citrin, MD, National Cancer Institute (NCI
    • John Tisdale, MD, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
    • Judith Walters, PhD, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    • Doris Wu, PhD, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
  • Event Host(s): 
    Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
    Women’s Engagement Committee (WEC)
    Chief Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD)
    Office of Intramural Research (OIR)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Women’s Engagement Committee (WEC), Chief Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) and the Office of Intramural Research (OIR) presents “Meet the Research Mentors,” panel discussion. This first installment will be on career management and work-life balance, Thursday, November 16th at 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 pm. in Wilson Hall, Building 1.

Please RSVP and send any questions you may want to ask the panelists about broadly related career management and work-life balance by Monday, November 13th to Carl Hashimoto at

A reception will follow the panel discussion and the event will be Videocast. If you require a reasonable accommodation please contact Joy Gaines.

Panelists Biographies

Dr. Deborah Citrin
Dr. Citrin is a clinician and translational researcher in the Radiation Oncology Branch at NCI. She is a graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine and completed her residency training at the NCI. She is currently a Senior Investigator in the Radiation Oncology Branch. Her research interests include understanding how certain tumors can be resistant to cell killing by radiation and understanding the mechanisms of normal tissue injury from radiation. Dr. Citrin is particularly interested in developing strategies to enhance the capacity of radiation to kill tumor cells while protecting normal tissue from the side effects of radiation treatment. Much of her laboratory work has focused on aging in tissue exposed to radiation through normal tissue stem cell senescence.  Dr. Citrin is involved in the clinical care of patients with genitourinary cancers (prostate and bladder), gastrointestinal cancers, and thoracic malignancies. She also serves as a Deputy Director for CCR and as a Woman Scientist Advisor.

Dr. John Tisdale
Dr. Tisdale received his M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he also received his B.A. in Chemistry. He completed an internal medicine and chief residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and then trained in hematology in the Hematology Branch, NHLBI, where he served as a postdoctoral fellow. He joined the Molecular and Clinical Hematology Branch of NHLBI in 1998 and is now the Chief of the Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics Section. In 2011 the College of Charleston recognized Dr. Tisdale with the Alumni of the Year Award and the Pre-Medical Society’s Outstanding Service Award in Medicine. He was recently elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and is a member of the American Society of Hematology. Dr. Tisdale’s research and clinical work center on sickle cell disease.

His group focuses on developing curative strategies for sickle cell disease through transplantation of allogeneic or genetically modified autologous bone marrow stem cells.

Dr. Judie Walters
Dr. Walters received her B.A. degree from Mt. Holyoke College and her Ph.D. from Yale University, where she studied the pharmacology and neurophysiology of the dopamine system in the basal ganglia. After postdoctoral work at Yale, she joined the Experimental Therapeutics Branch in NINDS, and now serves as Chief of the Neurophysiological Pharmacology Section, NINDS. Her laboratory explores the role of dopamine in basal ganglia-thalamocortical function using neurophysiological techniques in rodent models to investigate novel therapeutic approaches to the treatment of movement disorders with a focus on Parkinson’s disease. In addition to her research on basal ganglia function and the challenge of raising 3 sons, Dr. Walters has been involved in organizations supporting effective mentoring and diversity in the scientific workforce. Since 2010, Dr. Walters has served as a part time Advisor on Women’s Issues on the staff of the NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research. She is a member of the NIH OIR Committee of the Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers, on the Legislative Committee of the NIH Child Care Board and on the Executive Committee of the Women Science Advisors.

Dr. Doris Wu
Dr. Wu is currently a senior investigator and Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, at the NIDCD. Previously, she was a principal investigator in the Section on Sensory Cell Regeneration and Development at NIDCD. She also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program at the University of Maryland at College Park. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at UCLA and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. At the NIH, she is the Women Scientist Advisors representative for NIDCD) and a member of the Central Tenure Committee. She is also a Mentor in the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. Dr. Wu’s lab studies the molecular mechanisms underlying inner ear development, with a focus on understanding the normal formation of this intricate organ at a molecular level that will facilitate the design of better strategies to alleviate hearing and vestibular disorders.

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